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Thousands protest in Romania, saying corruption fight hampered

Bucharest - Thousands of Romanians took to the streets Wednesday to protest against a relaxation of criminal legislation they believe will hamper the fight against corruption.

Romanian president sounds alarm over penal code changes

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and the public prosecutor expressed alarm Tuesday over amendments to the penal code voted through by left-wing government MPs fearing the judiciary could be damaged.

US says Romania a 'model' in fight against corruption

Bucharest - Romania is a model for combating corruption in eastern Europe, a senior US official said Monday, as its left-wing government tries to dismiss the country's top graft fighter.

Romanian judges protest ruling party chief's attacks

Bucharest - Romanian judges and prosecutors hit back Monday at attacks on the judiciary by the ruling party's embattled head Liviu Dragnea, who compared prosecutors to the communist-era secret police, saying he should be punished for intimidation.

Rainbow flags fly across Europe at Gay Pride parades

Bucharest - Thousands of people took to the streets to support LGBT rights in cities across Europe on Saturday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and condemning discrimination in all its forms.

Romanian government mobilises against judicial 'abuses'

Bucharest - From busing supporters to Bucharest to mass mailings of party slogans, Romania's left-wing government is pulling out all the stops for a demonstration on Saturday against the country's own judiciary.

Romania hands jail sentence to ex-minister exiled in Costa Rica

Bucharest - A Romanian court on Tuesday sentenced in absentia a former minster who fled legal troubles by seeking refuge in Costa Rica to six years in prison for a corruption conviction.

Top EU court rules same-sex partners have residence rights

Luxembourg - Same-sex partners of EU citizens have the right to live in any member state whatever their nationality, even in countries that do not recognise gay marriage, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday.

Lithuania, Romania complicit in secret CIA prisons: European court

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Lithuania and Romania were complicit in a controversial CIA programme to hold suspects caught after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in secret detention centres on their territories.

Court forces Romanian president to fire anti-graft prosecutor

Bucharest - Romania's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that President Klaus Iohannis must approve the government's dismissal of the country's top anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Kovesi.

Romanian president in new foreign policy spat with government

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Saturday clashed with the government over its Middle East and EU policies Saturday, lambasting them as "improvised" and bad for the country.

Romanian ex-PM cleared of fraud charges

Bucharest - Former Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta was on Thursday cleared of fraud and other charges by the country's high court after a corruption probe.

Romanian who attacked Warcraft gets year in prison

Los Angeles - A Romanian man who launched a cyber attack on the California-based servers of the hugely popular online fantasy game World of Warcraft over a squabble with other players was sentenced on Monday to one year in prison.

Romanian anti-communist icon Doina Cornea dies at 88

Bucharest - Doina Cornea, icon of the resistance against communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, died on Friday at the age of 88, her son told local media."After a life full of challenges she's on her way to the big challenge.

Romanian president refuses to approve controversial judicial reforms

Bucharest - Romania's centre-right President Klaus Iohannis refused Wednesday to approve in its current form a package of judicial reforms proposed by the government which Brussels says threatens the judiciary's independence.

Romanian president seeks PM's resignation over Israel embassy row

Bucharest - Romania's President Klaus Iohannis called Friday for the resignation of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila amid a row sparked by the possible move of the country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Romanian PM says Jerusalem embassy move lacks support

Jerusalem - Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Thursday that she favoured moving her country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but she had insufficent backing at home for such a move.

Romanian PM to visit Israel as embassy row brews

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is due to start a two-day visit to Israel Wednesday, as a political row brews at home over the possible transfer of Romania's embassy to Jerusalem.

Romanian president slams plan to move Israel embassy

Bucharest - A row erupted Friday between Romania's government and President Klaus Iohannis over a proposal to move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Romania to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem: report

Bucharest - The Romanian government will follow the United States and transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader said Thursday ."The decision has been taken (...

In Romania, distrust of vaccines kills

Bucharest - Measles still claims young lives in Romania, where nearly 40 children have died in an outbreak that many blame on parents being misled by scare stories that vaccinating them is dangerous.

Romanian president refuses to sack corruption prosecutor

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis announced Monday that he has refused a government request to fire the country's popular chief anti-corruption prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi.

Five victims in Czech chemical blast were Romanians

Vienna - Five of the six people killed in an explosion at a chemical plant in the northern Czech Republic were Romanians, Bucharest said Friday."The number of Romanian nationals killed in the tragedy has risen to five," the Romanian foreign ministry said.

Romania party leader denies corruption in trial over fake jobs

Bucharest - The leader of Romania's ruling Social Democrats party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, claimed to be innocent on Wednesday during his trial over the creation of fictitious jobs.

Under-fire Romanian corruption prosecutor wins backing

Bucharest - Romania's popular chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi won the backing of the country's top judicial body on Tuesday against government efforts to fire her.

Romanians march in support of anti-corruption chief

Bucharest - Thousands of Romanians braved freezing temperatures on Sunday to show their support for the popular head of the country's anti-corruption investigation body, who the left-wing government is trying to oust.

Romanian govt wants corruption prosecutor fired

Bucharest - Romania's justice minister launched on Thursday a procedure to sack the popular and internationally respected head of the anti-corruption investigation body.

Romania's president defends anti-graft body after abuse allegations

Bucharest - Romania's centre-right President Klaus Iohannis defended on Thursday the country's anti-corruption body and its head Laura Codruta Kovesi, who is facing dismissal calls from the left-wing majority over alleged "abuses".

Potholes appear in Romania's stellar economic growth path

Bucharest - Coming top of the class doesn't always mean escaping a telling off: Romania may have posted Europe's strongest growth figures on Wednesday, but analysts are worried the star pupil is heading for a fall.

Protesters disrupt showing of 'pro-gay' film in Bucharest

Bucharest - Demonstrators disrupted the showing of a Romanian-Serb film on Thursday charging it pedals pro-gay propaganda, before police moved on the protest.
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